How old are you?
Back pain affects 80% of people over the age of 30 at some point in their lives.
- Under 30 - add 0
- 30 to 39 - add 1
- 40 to 65 - add 2
- Over 65 - add 3
Do you smoke?
Smoking contributes to the potential for back pain.
- Yes - add 2
- No - add 0
Are you overweight?
Excess weight increases your chance of developing back pain.
- If yes and 0-5 lbs overweight - add 1
- 6-10 lbs overweight - add 2
- 11-15 lbs overweight - add 3
- 16-20 lbs overweight - add 4
- More than 20 lbs - add 5
How often do you exercise?
Regular exercise can help prevent back pain.
- 0 times per week - add 3
- 1 time per week - add 2
- 2 times per week - add 1
- 3 times per week - add 0
- 4-7 times per week - deduct 1
How often do you lift heavy objects?
Lifting heavy objects can contribute to strain on the back; be sure you are using proper lifting techniques.
- 0 times per month - add 0
- 1-2 times per month - add 1
- 3-4 times per month - add 2
- 5-6 times per month - add 3
- 7-8 times per month - add 4
- More than 8 times per month - add 5
Have you already experienced back pain?
Once you have back pain, there is a greater chance it will return.
- Yes - add 3
- No - add 0
- 0 Congratulations! You are doing what you can to prevent spine pain.
- 1-4 Low risk. You are doing many things right to prevent spine pain.
- 5-8 Potential risk. You should change some habits.
- 9-12 Moderate risk. See a doctor to learn more about prevention.
- 13-16 Significant risk. You need to change habits now to prevent spine pain.
- 17-20 Serious risk! Spine pain is likely.
Source: North American Spine Society